Callejon hails Ronaldo as world's best ahead of Napoli-Madrid tie

Rachel Hardy
February 11, 2017

With Napoli looming in Wednesday's Champions League round-of-16 first leg at the Bernabeu, Zidane would not say if he would start Modric and Carvajal against Osasuna.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that long-term injury absentee Gareth Bale remains on the sidelines ahead of Saturday's (11 February) trip to Osasuna but will surely be back in contention before the second-leg of the Champions League last-16 against Napoli on 7 March. The Germany midfielder was set to serve his ban in the match at Celta Vigo last weekend, but will now miss out against Osasuna instead after the game at Balaidos was postponed. He had tallied seven goals in 16 matches for Madrid this campaign. "I don't know if it will affect us".

He's fine. He's working very well and looks determined. He's a great worker - first to come in and the last one to leave. "He's an important player for us, he works hard and he's crucial". "We have trained well, we are physically well". With one eye on the return of the UEFA Champions League next week, the team has to fine-tune their accuracy ahead of that.

Joost van der Westhuizen has died
By then, Van der Westhuizen had been confined to a wheelchair after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2011. He was inducted in the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2007 and later to the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014.

With Real set to play five games in 16 days, the Wales worldwide return becomes more crucial, and although he hasn't started training yet, Zidane is confident the 27-year-old availability when Madrid visits Naples on March 7.

Zidane said he had felt no need to speak with goalkeeper Keylor Navas about the ongoing speculation that Madrid would sign either David De Gea or Thibaut Courtois. "I have a squad of 24 players and don't want to see or think or listen to what will happen after".

"I have mixed feelings", he said. "Keylor, like the others, is just thinking about that".

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